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November 7, 2011

Blogging While Black Tween and Teen

Filed under: Uncategorized — William Jackson @ 04:13

Blogging While Black Tween and Teen
By William Jackson, M.Edu

The opportunity for Black tweens and teens to write is making
a transformation into the
world of blogging. Although
the styles of writing; narrative, persuasive, argumentative and
other styles learned from formal education are used.

The performance or execution
of writing is changing. The art
of creating digital content has
shifted from paper to electronic design. Blogging at the
“Speed of Thought” (Bill Gates)
is being etched onto digital manuscripts that empower Black
tweens and teens to be authors
of digital content.

Now tweens and teens have a
voice that can be heard across
the blogosphere if they only
exercise their writing talents.
The integration of blogging into academic curriculums has shown
that more work needs to be done
in English subject areas to help
Black tweens and teens to write
with confidence, comprehension
and creativity.

The use of blogging provides
a resource that encourages
writing and develops creative
literary talents in youth who
have a desire to write.|

Blogging allows the writer to
create content that is personal
and expressive. Blogging is
understood as;
original content designed to
rovide diverse information.
A blog or weblog is no longer
textual, but integrates
graphics, music, video and
other multimedia
elements. These elements are manipulated by tweens and teens
to weave digital stories.

Information online no longer
is stale (static) in development.
It can be dynamic (interactive)
because of the infusion of a
multimedia foundation that can
bring about the “WOW” factor
of writing.

Each tween and teen posses
their individual writing traits,
blogs are just as unique and individualistic. Rappers and
musical artists share a creative
talent that can be formed in
blogging. Each using words to
tell a story, Black tweens
and teens should understand
that blogging is representative
of their ideas, personalities,
passions and emotions.

Blogging goes beyond rudimentary (random)
thoughts and feelings; although
they are useful, digging
deep in literary expression, transforming thoughts and
personal experiences into
meaningful expressions and
lexis (words).

Anthony Butler, Sr.
(Executive Director)
E3 Business Group
states that, “tweens and teens
can develop their identity
through blogging,” and “youth
need to develop their public
voice. Blogging allows youth
to create and grow that voice.”
Youth can expand their voice
in January 2012 in the first
ever, Real Talk Real Change III
“Youth Rights” forum (

Youth are expected to blog
about their perceptions about
youth rights in their communities
and share with E3 leading up
to this powerful and empowering
event on Thursday, January 26, 2012
at 5:30 p.m.


This is why the use of video,
music and the rich resources
that technology can provide
are important. Blogging thoughts transmitted through the use
of expressive words, phrases,
rhymes, raps, lyrical manipulations
and the integration of youthful
or generational slang,creating a “voice” as Mr. Butler stated
that can be heard.

Blogging can be used to tell
a story, share a feeling,
express an idea, share a
passion and start a movement.
Words are powerful tools to
start a revolution, change a
country,create a constitution
of ideologies that governs

Black tweens and teens must understand; “to be a better
writer a person must write
every day.” There is a passion
that many bloggers put into
their blogging that sets them
apart from just writers of
words. Passionate bloggers
write on what they perceive
as blogging on a spiritual
level or in a “Bloggers Zone.”

Bill Gates (Microsoft) stated
that because of blogging
people are “developers of
(their own) content.”

Separate from traditional
news media bloggers add a
dynamic to reporting of
world events from the
perspective of the “man/woman
on the street” not guided
by policies of news industry
or corporations.

Tweens and teens should
understand that their content
is what makes their blogs
unique and valuable. Blogging
content can be a ticket to
college, creating an opportunity
to an internship, or a career
in broadcasting. The value of
content information (CI) is
to cultivate Black tweens and
teens into bloggers that
create relevant information
worth reading.

Tweens and teens have the
talent to blog, but may lack
the knowledge, skill, confidence
and courage. A part of blogging
is accepting praise and
criticism, so blogging can
prepare tween and teen writers
for real world exposure in

The future is now, the
Gutenberg Press created a
paradigm shift in book
production, the microprocessor
created a shift in processing
power for computers and the
Internet has created a new
shift in digital content.

Tweens and teens will learn
valuable skills that will
be useful throughout life
and applied in career choices.

Black youth can be reporters, journalists and publishers
(digital) authors, but
these opportunities will only
be possible with writing
skills. Minority tweens
and teens are included in
blogging; their voice can
be spread but Black youth
need to be Educated,
Encouraged and Empowered,
for the value of education
and participation in
community involvement.

Instead of using rap to
threaten, demean and use
profanity why not use a
tool that people will
listen to in a format
that opens minds and
changes hearts for
the positive.

Blogs are not complex they
are about communication.
What makes a good blog?
One that gets read and in
order to get read you have
to start Blogging….
So Black tweens and teens
go forth and Blog..

More information can be
found at:
HBCU Contributor –
Why Should African Americans Blog

Black Blogger Network –
Black Bloggers Connect –

To view copy and paste in a new
Developing Blogs from students at Edward Waters College
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Tierra Frazier – On Acting –
Anthony Wines –
LaShonda Mukes –
Tierra Johnson –
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